The George Inn

Bars and pubs The Borough
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A popular Southwark pub and kitchen.


Venue name: The George Inn
Address: 77 Borough High St
Transport: Tube: Borough/London Bridge
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Violet M

I really want to like The George Inn, I do. From the outside, it looks incredible - historic, old building, HUGE. Inside, it's loud, crowded, there isn't much good beer on tap and never seems to be enough bar staff. The fun bit is walking around, visiting all the rooms (as it's massive). And I imagine, in the summer, the outdoors bit is nice. I'm just not too impressed. There are a number of other historic, ye olde pubs with better food and drink selection that I'd much rather visit. Sorry The George Inn. 

Vera S

Here's a crime that should be punishable by law - take a beatiful, historic pub and serve up nachos with pomegranate seeds on top. I mean, come on.

When I invite people to the George, they usuall refuse. That's because this is a pub with a fascinating historic background, including Charles Dickens, storied pubs, brothels and hustle and bustle. Opposite Borough Market, it is a surprisingly quiet spot for a drink after filling up on free samples, and you need look no further for a gorgeous beer garden in the summer. The alleyway truly gives back that feeling of summer in the city (especially in the summer), and the outside area is also heated in the winter, should you fancy a pint outside.

Inside, the George is divided into several rooms, which are not, in fact, connected by doors directly, so it's a lot of in and out - which makes it quite fun. Lots of seating space in each room, a warm fireplace and indoors windows make you feel like a Dickensian character. All you're missing is the gloves with no finger tips and a ragged hat.

For grub, for god's sake get a pie. Don't get the nachos. Because expecting a plate of warm, crunchy nachos topped with heaps of guacamole, salsa, cheese and whatever else, we received nachos that were much like Mick Jagger taking part in a production of Swan Lake. Some things just shouldn't be forced, and I don't want a hipstery, superfoody update to my pub grub please. If I order grease, get me grease.

Otherwise the George comes highly recommended with nice food, although a little pricey, and delightful selection of ales. Forget shiny pubs with their central heating. This is the real deal.


When people talk about "classics" this is it. Rebuilt after a fire in the last 1600s, The George Inn is the last remaining galleries inn in London, as listed on the National Trust. There are a number of spaces from the outdoor courtyard, to the bar, and gallery dining space, it brings the charm and the beer. A cosy stop on a winter's eve, or summer outdoor sessions equally catered for.

Just across the road from Borough Market, this seems like a slightly less frequented spot. While by no means will the wait be much shorter, it will at least provide you with some breathing space compared to the bars around the market.

If you are at all interested in history or architecture, it is a spot well worth taking. The food is surprisingly great, although I can't say they're traditional fares. Unfortunately we had somewhat disappointing service, but that won't stop a return visit.


Great historic pub.  always a great place to show off to friends who've never been.  The cobbled courtyard outside gives it a "wow" factor.  The food is good and there's a great choice of ales without being overpriced.  Wonky floors and different levels inside the building add to its character.  Glad to say it's just that little bit away from main tourist areas not to be manically busy all the time.

Grace I

This historic pub is one of the few left in the UK with its original gallery, now decorated with beautiful flowers. The food and drink are very good, but the real bonus is the front garden, set well back from the street, with plentiful tables and providing a calm, quiet spot away from the craziness of Borough Market and the High Street. This is a great pub to which to bring visitors and tourists, who think they're getting 'olde' England. But the pub is full enough regulars to make it a good local.